Introduction to L'Annee Philologique

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L'Annee Philologique (APh) provides information about scholarship on all aspects of ancient Greek and Roman civilizations published between 1928 and the present (with a two-year period between a publication's appearance and its addition to the database).

APh includes information about journal articles, books, and book chapters. These items, and the information about them, may be in English, German, French, Spanish, or Italian.

The articles discovered by searching APh are published in more that 1,000 journals. This thoroughness is part of what makes APh so valuable. (Within JSTOR, a researcher finds less that 70 classics journals.)

This tutorial provides an introduction to searching APh. Much more is possible after getting started.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial. 

Search by Ancient Author and Text

 APh includes indexes that list predetermined names, titles, subjects, and other categories of information about each article or book with a record in the database. 

Ancient Authors and Texts is one such index. Let's search APh for the ancient author Pliny the Elder.

Notice the Thematic search section of the search screen and the Ancient author and text box within it.

The first trick to using this feature is that you must know the Latin name or title. This can be discovered using a Latin dictionary. In the case of Pliny the Elder, the needed Latin name is Plinius Secundus.

Type Plinius Secundus into the text box. An autofill feature will likely help you enter the name or title correctly.

Notice that the database provides the number of hits for the name or title you have entered or selected. Click Search to see the results list.

How many items are in the search result list?

Limit a Search Results List

When a result list is overwhelming, modifying it using the advanced search features can be helpful.

Click on Advanced search in the gray navigation bar near the top of the screen (just below the green navigation bar).

Note the text box where you may again enter the ancient author or text of interest. Above that box, note options for constructing it by specifying a specific language, publication type, or publication date.

Use the pull-down menu for language and select anglais. (Also be sure to re-enter Plinius Secundus as the ancient author to search.) Notice the reduction in the number of items on the list!

How many items are on the search result list after it is limited by language to English?

Search by Keyword

This results list can be reduced further by adding a relevant keyword to our ancient author search.

Click on Refine search in the gray navigation bar near the upper right corner of the screen.  Note that you are back to the advanced search screen. In the Free search text box, type agriculture OR nature

Type the words just as shown. Including the word OR between them means that APh will include an item on the search result list whether it refers to agriculture or it refers to nature, assuming that both interest you equally.

Reselect anglais from the language pull-down and then click Search.

The result is a manageable list of items where Pliny the Elder is identified as the ancient author and some mention is made of either agriculture or nature. One or the other of the keywords most likely appears in the title of the article, book, or book chapter, or in the abstract describing it.

Review the detailed record

Click on the line for the item whose title starts with the words "Poison: Nature's Argument."

This is the detailed record for the article you selected from the results list. It provides you with all of the information entered in APh about the item.

The first piece of information to look for is the indication that this is an article, according to the Type portion of the record.

Note that the detailed record provides the complete article title, the name of the journal, the author's name, and an abstract, or summary.  

The article appeared on your results list for three reasons:

  • Plinius Secundus is listed as the ancient author.
  • The word nature appears in the article title.
  • The text of the article is in English.

The record includes the name of the journal where the article was published. What is that journal?

Find the full text

After finding an item to read, use the FIND IT @ LOYOLA button to open the library catalog and locate the full text in the library's print and digital collections.

The catalog will provide links into the interlibrary loan system when full text is not available in Loyola University Chicago's library collections.

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